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Dover Area High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1020 students

 
 

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Posted February 13, 2014

I had 3 students that attended Dover Area HS. The school is great. The teachers along with the Principal and Vice Principal really make an effort to connect with the students, parent and community. Relocating to MI and my kids now attend another highs chool has made me appreciate all of the hard work that is done by the Dover SD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

n October 2004 Dover Area School District changed its biology teaching curriculum to require that intelligent design was to be presented as an alternative to evolution theory, with Of Pandas and People to be used as a reference book. The plaintiffs successfully argued that intelligent design is a form of creationism, and that the school board policy violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The ruling concluded that intelligent design is not science, and permanently barred the board from "maintaining the ID Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District, from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution, and from requiring teachers to refer to a religious, alternative theory known as ID. "The eight Dover school board members who voted for the intelligent design requirement were all defeated in a November 8, 2005 election by challengers who opposed the teaching of intelligent design in a science class, and the school board president stated that the board did not intend to appeal the ruling.


Posted April 2, 2009

This school has a wonderful extracurricular program, but the academics are not all that good. Some of the teachers I have had do not know anything about their subject. The social environment is okay as long as you are invisible and let the popular kids rule.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2008

This school is an bad school with an bad way of doing things . I am an student now at Dover and the school has no money and nothing to help you with your career !
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2008

I graduated from this school last year and it had a great program, and the teachers are great. I didn't have any problems, and they taught me alot, and got me to graduation sucessfully.


Posted February 29, 2008

i love this school.I just hated the freakin kids,i mean they are eithe stoners or posers..the only real ppl there were the ones that did go fake baking all the time..
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2008

Activities are not right after school, and the kids must return around dinner time for some practices. Some bus rides are to long, about 50 minutes, to get to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

Umm, Dover... It isn't a horrible school, very small which can be both good and bad. But lately there has been a lot of unneeded rules and enforce them to a level that is uncalled for. The food is gross, I havn't eaten lunch here for 2 years, and a lot of the rooms are getting old. They seem to not care that the art rooms don't get sufficent supplies and only care about getting top scores on the PSSA's... I don't think that it is right to make some teachers wheel a cart around during the day because we can't afford to get them their own rooms...=[ Not an amazingg school, but not the worst I guess. We do get good test grades and the education isn't horrible. Mostly comfortable environment...But I guess I like it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2007

I have 3 kids that have attended Dover and all three have gone on to college..While i believe most of the teachers are excellent, the administration and the principles over the last few years have been horrible!! They seem to impose rules just to let the students know they are in charge, no matter how poorly thought out they might be. They finally got driver which they badly needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2006

The academic achievements of DHS are astounding. We have very dedicated teachers who push the students to reach their full potential, which is way above the state requirements. Our honors program is well-geared towards suiting students for future collegiate education. The music program is top-notch, with both band and choir receiving prestigious awards at the national level. Extra-cirricularly, all the bases are covered, from the regulars like football, baseball, volleyball to theater plays and musicals, to volunteer clubs and student organizations. Parent involvement is growing, with the addition of a PTO several years ago. As a student who received a full-tuition scholarship to college, I can honestly say that DHS prepared me for post-secondary education. The teachers showed concern and desire to see me and my peers succeed. Also, as one who researched NCLB, we are congruent with all requirements set forth in state/national legislation. Dover High School-- definitely A+!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 14, 2005

As a former student of Dover High School, I have to say that I was disappointed in the level of education I received. I was not challenged and due to limited curriculum I was unable to take classes that interested me. I felt very unprepared for college. I also feel the extracurricular activities are extrememly limiting.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 14, 2005

Dover school district falls short on protecting our students best interest both academically, emotionally and physically. It seems to be more important to keep the cost of educating our students as low as possible! They don't seem to care that these students deserve better then what Dover is willing to supply. They are not just our children, they are American's children. It is a true shame that Dover does not put our children's education and well being at the top of their priority list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2004

dover area high school is a dump...i hate dover area high school...the only good part about dover area high school is their marching band. if i were you i would NEVER send my child to dover area high school, because they might get espesthus poisoning and die. this school is falling down and there are rats everywhere...now the condition of the school is improving but it is still a dump.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

As the parent of 3 students, the last of which graduated this year, I can honestly say this district offers the education that the individual student seeks out. If you are looking [for] the district to manage your child's education you will be disappointed. If [you]act as a parent and guide your child they will receive a fine public education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2004

I would not recoment dover area high school as a school of choice because, over the last 3 years there has been no extra help offered to students that are not performing up to state standards. All the students are taught at the same level, and as we all know all students are not capable of learning at the same level. If your child does not meet special education needs this is not the school for you. It seems that there are alot of cources required and if your student can not meet the requirements it is on you and your child to remediate outside of school hours in order for your child to meet the requirements. Teachers need to learn to teach at different levels or the school needs to provide the right education for the students to meet the state standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

Dover Area High School has a bad rap of not being a very good school, but it is quite the opposite. There are many great teachers and programs offered here. Expecially the Judo programs that Mr. Carl Addams has been teaching for close to ten years. It is a great class for your teens to take because it shows them how to protect themselves. I would recommend Dover High School 100% because they are dedicated to helping your childrens to succeed!
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

231 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female52%
Male60%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female65%
Male72%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students38%
Female31%
Male44%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female91%
Male81%
Black88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 71%
Black 7% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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46 West Canal St
Dover, PA 17315
Phone: (717) 292-8066

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